Whilst online course activities themselves are not formally assessed, participation is mandatory for students taking the course for credit.
For all students (whether taking the course for credit or not), if you expect you may not be able to participate in a specific activity, it is important that you let your tutor know before the activity starts. This is because it may be necessary to reorganize groups of students in order to accommodate your absence. We understand that the pressures of life mean that there will be times when participation is difficult, so please don’t feel uncomfortable about this.
You should be ready for a style of learning that mixes self-directed reading with written discussion and short pieces of individual or collaborative writing with other students, in response to set tasks. You will get most out of the course if you can allocate time to study throughout its duration. This module is also available in a workshop format for students who prefer the instant interaction of a more traditional taught approach.
- Direct entry requirements - Second-class degree in health, education or another area of social science or social policy, or other professional qualification e.g. for teaching, police force, health care, social work.
- Qualifying tests/papers for applicants not meeting direct entry requirements - If you have qualifications other than those specified above you may be eligible but we may ask you to take a qualifying test.
- The 'Systematic reviews: meta-analysis, qualitative synthesis, and mixed methods synthesis' module can be taken as an open course or as an accredited MSc module, but only if students have previously taken 'Systematic Reviews: Diversity, design and debate' or an equivalent course, or have a working knowledge of research synthesis.
Minimum computer specification
You will need a computer with Internet access. A printer is optional. If you already own a computer, check that it meets the minimum specifications (recommended specifications are given in brackets). It may be possible to increase the memory (RAM) and size of the hard disk to meet these requirements. If you are purchasing a new computer it will almost certainly meet these specifications.
The course may contain a live web-seminar with the opportunity to talk out-loud with tutors and fellow students. For this you will need a headset and microphone that can be plugged into your computer. If your computer has a microphone input jack (usually standard with modern PCs), a simple headset will do (e.g. Logitech PC Headset 120). They are usually known as PC headsets or Internet headsets, and they have two connectors; one for the computer's headphone output; the other for the microphone input. Some computers do not have microphone inputs, e.g. Apple Mac, in which case you will need a USB headset, such as the Logitech USB Headset 330 or a Sennheiser PC 36 or 156 USB for added comfort.
Minimum PC specification
Processor: Pentium 133 (Pentium 266)
OS: Windows 95 or later
RAM Memory: 32Mb (64Mb)
Screen resolution: 800 x 600
CD-ROM drive (24x or faster)
At least 100Mb of free hard disk space
Minimum Mac specification
You will require a Mac with at least a G3
processor running OS 7.0 or later
Internet Explorer version 5.5 or above
(Mac users will need the latest version of
Acrobat Reader 5 or above
A word processor and spreadsheet
such as MS Word 97 and MS Excel 97
Please ensure that the computer you intend to use when accessing the VLE can accept cookies (students using a corporate or other network should check with their network administrator). Students who wish to use the VLE's offline capability must be able to install software on their computer.
Word-processing, Internet and email skills are all basic requirements of this programme. No previous experience of online learning is required.
The course will be conducted in English so an advanced working knowledge is essential. See the UCL IOE English language requirements if taking this course for MSc credits.
How do I book?
Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)20 7612 6391. Please read our course fees and booking procedures.